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On Thursday, September 28th, more than 1,000 people gathered at UNCA for Pisgah Legal’s 7th Annual Poverty Forum.

The focus of the Forum this year was housing with Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Matthew Desmond, PhD, giving the keynote address.

After, he joined a panel of nonprofit housing professionals who took questions from the crowd and discussed specific challenges in the Asheville metro area. 

The following Friday, Desmond returned to open the 2017 Affordable Housing Summit, also held at UNCA, where hundreds of developers, planners, government officials and lawmakers came together to discuss new solutions to the housing crisis. 

Read more about the Forum in this story by the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Why is this issue important to people served by Pisgah Legal Services? Watch a WLOS interview with PLS Executive Director Jim Barrett and Managing Attorney Robin Merrell.

Who was there? See all the photos of the reception and forum taken by Jesse Kitt.

Special thanks to all of the generous sponsors who made these events possible.